Rendering of the Bianchi headquarters. Photo credit, all images: FIV Edoardo Bianchi SpA
The CEO of a bicycle manufacturing company IVF Edoardo Bianchi SpA (Bianchi, Bergamo, Italy), Fabrizio Scalzotto, alongside Juri Fabio Imeri, Mayor of Treviglio, Italy, unveiled an ambitious €40 million urban redevelopment plan that will lead to the creation of a new headquarters for 30,000 square feet in Bianchi and factory, of which 17,000 square feet will be dedicated to the production of carbon fiber bicycle frames.
Basically, these developments will remain in the municipality of Treviglio, an instrument of a strategic plan aimed at renewing and strengthening Bianchi’s link with the municipality. Bianchi has chosen to redevelop a historic industrial area, bearing the promise of future activity, dynamism and innovation. Moreover, key to Bianchi’s vision is the start of a relocation process, bringing back technical and production capabilities that have been outsourced outside of Europe in previous decades.
“Growth and development of businesses is the challenge that fascinates me more than any other, and today we are taking on a new one: to create in Bianchi one of the most advanced bicycle manufacturing plants in the world”, says Salvatore Grimaldi, president and owner of Bianchi. . “We are proud to have chosen Treviglio for this revival and for our future. Treviglio will not only house a technology and design factory, but also a leading and ambitious company with a global vision.
This plan marks a new step for the company, determined to acquire greater control of the production process to support the constant growth in demand in the bicycle and electric bicycle market. The new Bianzi plant, which will employ more than 250 clerks, technical resources and production staff, is expected to produce 1,000 pieces per shift at full capacity. Production of carbon fiber frames will begin in 2023.
Additionally, for the first time, Bianchi says its new site will host a Bianchi Museum, attracting tourists, cycling enthusiasts and followers who want to learn more about the history of the company, which was founded in 1885. An Opportunity important for Treviglio and its territory, as Mayor Juri Fabio Imeri has pointed out.
“Bianchi’s choice to stay and invest in Treviglio is a great opportunity for the region, as it strengthens local turnover and the level of employment, and further links the name of a world-leading company to our city. We also like the idea of establishing an even stronger collaboration with the Bianchi Museum, which has the potential to attract thousands of people to our territory,” says Imeri. “However, the added value of this operation is certainly linked to the choice of the urban regeneration path. With this investment, the head office will be completely regenerated, without consuming land and reducing the environmental impact almost to zero.
Developments started in November 2021.